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Cops Turn To NASA In Search For Florida Girl

UPDATE: Authorities are getting help from NASA in their search for an 11-year-old Florida girl whose apparent abduction was caught on videotape.
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Dozens of FBI agents are chasing some 200 leads in the search for Carlie Brucia.

Authorities are also getting help from NASA, which is trying to enhance images of a man grabbing the 11-year-old girl and leading her away.

Anyone with information on Carlie Brucia's disappearance can call 1-888-356-4774 (888-FL-MISSING) or 1-888-382-6237. Anyone with information can also call the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office at (941) 861-4260.

The pictures were captured by a surveillance camera at a Sarasota, Fla., car wash Sunday. The man is wearing what appears to be a mechanic's shirt with a name patch. He has tattoos on both arms.

One clue comes from a caller in Kissimmee, who says he saw a man struggling with a girl in a parking lot yesterday. That has police on the lookout for a green, four-door Honda or Nissan.

One company is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to a break in the case.

Her father, Joe Brucia, said police told him that they have interviewed some people but have no prime suspect.

"To the man who abducted her, you've done a considerable amount of damage," Brucia said on NBC's "Today." "Please stop. Release my daughter. Let her go. With some help and some love she can heal. Give us back our daughter."

Carlie's mother, Susan Schorpen, said: "We desperately need her. Please release Carlie. Please give me my baby."

An FBI agent was sent to assist the Sarasota County sheriff's office and others may be assigned to the case, FBI spokeswoman Sara Oates said Tuesday. "We are offering our assistance and anything they need to locate her," Oates said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also assigned an agent to the case, spokesman Larry Long said.

Evie's Car Wash was closed at 6:20 p.m. Sunday when its surveillance camera caught the man approaching Carlie, who was walking behind the business taking a short cut home. She did not appear to know the man, who was wearing a mechanic's shirt with a name patch on the chest. Her parents don't recognize him.

Her stepfather, Steven Kansler, had driven to the area to give her a ride home. When he didn't find her, he called the Sarasota County Sheriff's office about 6:30 p.m. and a search began.

Family friend Chessie Huber described Carlie as a girl who loves actress Jennifer Lopez, going to the mall and hanging out with her friends, but is very responsible.

"Carlie is not the type of child who would just go off," said Huber, whose 6-year-old son is a playmate of Carlie's little brother, Leaf.

Huber said she thinks Carlie's body language in the surveillance video indicates she probably didn't know the man.

"If you look at Carlie's face, she's shocked," Huber said. "Her life had to be threatened."

Carlie is a sixth-grader at McIntosh Middle School, where principal Robert Hagemann said security had been increased and counselors were meeting with students, many of whom were sad, frightened and shocked.

Hagemann said school officials were being encouraged to "think optimistically and have a plan to celebrate and to also have a plan if the news is tragic."

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